Braided Bread

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 package (scant tablespoon) of yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 ¼ cups hot water (125-130° F)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Combine in bowl:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 package or tablespoon yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups hot water
  • Mix these ingredients until well blended, use wooden spoon or mixer. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Add to dough:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  1. Mix added ingredients until well blended. Gradually add small amounts of flour to form dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Dough should be moist but not liquid and sticky. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead, working only small amounts of flour if needed, knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. It will feel moist and smooth but not sticky. Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape dough into rolls, loaf or braid. Let bread rise for 30 minutes covered in a warm draft-free area. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Although Idaho is a major wheat producer, and we do have a mill in eastern Idaho, they do not package flour for retails sales, only foodservice. For small amounts of local flour, contact: Morning Owl Farms – www.morningowlfarm.com. The Boise Co-op occasionally has local flour.